Chesney's "Victorian Underworld" -- the secret Victorian underbelly of cyberpunk


11 Responses to “Chesney's "Victorian Underworld" -- the secret Victorian underbelly of cyberpunk”

  1. Charlie Stross says:

    Let me second this — it’s a really useful book if you’re writing seamy underworld stories!

  2. Anonymous says:

    For those in the U.S., it looks like this was published under a different title: The anti-society; an account of the Victorian underworld. Boston: Gambit, 1970.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I seem to remember in the early days of Gibson’s blog he mentioned, as influences, this book and “The Victorian Internet” by Tom Standage, a history of the telegraph. Standage also wrote a book about the Mechanical Turk.


  4. mcn says:

    I have to say, I don’t take book recommendations from many people – it’s BoingBoing and one good friend of mine, and I have yet to be disappointed. Thanks!

  5. Tdawwg says:

    Cool, thanks for the recent book recommendations!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Ha, I came in to give thanks for the book recommendations, too! This one from William Gibson, no less.

  7. gobo says:

    William Gibson’s typo is actually a cool title for a whole new book — “Neoromancer”. Huh. Hmm…..

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  9. Revisorius says:

    This appears to be OOP, so I went to reserve it through the L.A. library and am third on a waiting list even though its current status is “available.” BB’s influence is far and wide.

  10. Anonymous says:

    It seems Mimchael Creighton used this book extensively when researching and developing his “The Great Train Robbery”

  11. Anonymous says:

    For some reason, I first read the title as ‘Cheney’s Victorian Underworld’, and I thought, ‘Wow, the dude’s really branching out.’

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